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School of Tourism and Hospitality signs MoU with Boma International Hospitality College

Dr. Elizabeth Gachenga, DVC, Academic and Student Affairs, and Dr. Abbas Gullet, BIHC Director, hold the signed MoU between STH and BIHC. Looking on are Dr. David Chiawo, Dean, STH (left) and Mr. Samuel Irungu, Director, BIHC Academic Affairs (right).


The Strathmore University School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boma International Hospitality College (BIHC) on 25th September 2020.  In attendance were Dr. Abbas Gullet, BIHC Director, and Dr. Elizabeth Gachenga, Strathmore’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs. The signing was witnessed by Dr. David Chiawo, Dean, STH and Mr. Samuel Irungu, BIHC Director, Academic Affairs.

The MoU establishes a framework of collaboration between the BIHC and Strathmore for giving career progression opportunities to BIHC Diploma holders in line with the University Council guidelines. It will allow BIHC Swiss-Diploma in Hotel Management holders attain the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Hotel Management degree programme at Strathmore in recognition of prior learning plan for career progression. Specific details on the academic structure, fees and entry requirements shall be communicated via a LIVE Webinar on October 8, 2020.

In turn, the MoU is set to benefit Strathmore students who will be offered internships at The Boma Hotels in Nairobi and Eldoret through a structured training plan. The MoU will also see the two institutions collaborate on “The Train Abroad Programmes” on a need basis to give students the much needed international experience.

Train abroad programme

STH has partnered with Broadmoor Resort in Colorado for a one-year paid work experience that targets final year Hospitality and Tourism students or those within one year of graduation. The program aims to equip students with top notch training experience in a multi-cultural setting. The school has put in place an international plan with partners to ensure that deserving students get this exclusive experience, regardless of their financial backgrounds. Strathmore students have in the past taken part in train abroad programmes in Dubai and Ireland.

Special undergraduate programme

STH offers a special undergraduate programme for those who are already working in the industry and holding a professional diploma in hospitality or tourism from an accredited institution, including Utalii College, Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI)and the KNEC Programme. The programme allows exemplary diploma holders have access to the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Hotel Management (BHHM) or the Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BTM) degrees.

Successful candidates may be exempted from some of the units offered in the evening course degree programme. Candidates applying for exemption will be required to sit for a qualifying exam in hospitality and tourism.

Learn more about the special undergraduate programme here.


This article is written by Wambui Gachari.


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